Coun­cil en­trance con­sid­er­a­tion

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

A pedes­trian lift/el­e­va­tor for en­try into Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Civic Cen­tre at Corowa is to be con­sid­ered.

Due to the build­ing’s floor level be­ing placed above flood height, the cen­tre’s en­trance re­quires ne­go­ti­a­tion of 19 steps.

“A wheel­chair-com­pli­ant pedes­trian ac­cess ramp was in­stalled when the former Corowa Shire Coun­cil un­der­took the upgrade works round ten years ago, how­ever this is a sig­nif­i­cant length and is rarely used, with even those who are el­derly, still ne­go­ti­at­ing the stairs,” Direc­tor Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Adrian But­ler said.

“Dis­cus­sions with key staff and former coun­cil­lors of the former Corowa Shire Coun­cil in­di­cated it is con­sid­ered a com­mu­nity pri­or­ity.

“The merger of the Corowa and Urana coun­cils should al­low for all shelved pro­jects such as this one, to be in­ves­ti­gated for con­sid­er­a­tion.”

Mr But­ler said the only way to gauge the true costs and al­low the market to pro­pose so­lu­tions to the gen­uine flood li­able is­sues, is to call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est to in­stall a suit­able fix­ture.

At coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on Novem­ber 15, Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Administrator Mike Eden adopted Mr But­ler’s rec­om­men­da­tion for coun­cil to en­ter into an Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est process, with a view to then en­ter into a se­lec­tive ten­der process.

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